This Day In History : November 4

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Discover what happened on November 4 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, November 4
  • 1806 Karl Friedrich Mohr

    German analytical chemist and geologist who invented or improved a number of titration procedures.

  • 1855 Frederick Orpen Bower

    English botanist whose study of primitive land plants, especially the ferns, contributed greatly to a modern emphasis on the study of the origins and evolutionary development of these plants.

  • 1908 Joseph Rotblat

    Polish-British physicist who is a leading critic of nuclear weaponry.

  • 1901 Spyridon Marinatos

    Spyridon Nikolaou Marinatos was a Greek archaeologist whose most notable discovery was the site of an ancient port city on the island of Thera, in the southern Aegean Sea.

  • 1916 Ruth Handler

    Ruth Mosko Handler was an American inventor who created the Barbie Doll (1959), a teenage doll with a tiny waist and slender hips, and Ken, a boy doll (1961), which she named after her children.

Deaths on This Day, November 4
  • 1980 Elsie MacGill

    She was the first woman in the world to earn an aeronautical engineering degree and the first woman in Canada to receive a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

  • 1917 William Du Bois Duddell

    English electrical engineer who invented the sensitive moving coil oscillograph able to photographically record a light spot tracing the oscillations of an electrical voltage, and other electrical instruments.

  • 1698 Erasmus Bartholin

    Danish physician, mathematician and physicist (Latin Bartholinus) who discovered the optical phenomenon of double refraction.

  • 1989 Howard A. Rusk

    Howard A. Rusk was a prominent American physician and founder of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is considered to be the founder of rehabilitation medicine.

  • 1921 Oscar Montelius

    Swedish archaeologist who sought to establish foundations for prehistoric chronology, especially that of the Bronze Age in the British Isles and Europe northward to Scandinavia.


Artificial leg

In 1846, the first U.S. patent for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith, New Hampshire (No. 4,834).

Cash register

In 1879, James Jacob Ritty (1837-1918) with help from his brother John invented the first cash register, intended to combat stealing by bartenders in the Pony House Restaurant, his Dayton, Ohio saloon.

Tutankhamen's tomb

In 1922, the entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in Egypt in the Valley of the Kings where the English archaeologist Howard Carter had been making extended excavations.
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